Dear Barb—Sick of the Sickness

Dear Barb: I work in an office with about 15 other people. We all get along well for the most part. My issue is people coming to work when they are sick. Why would someone do that and end up making everyone else sick? Two weeks ago our receptionist came in coughing and sneezing, so… Read more »

The Fit Student—How to be Perfect

As an angst-filled teen, I vowed to become perfect.  But what did it mean to be perfect, I wondered, as I sat alone on the dark hillside by a creek, lost in delusions, visited by the occasional stranger, comforted by a fire several meters away. Did perfection take all the knowledge in the world?  Yes,… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—My Angels, My Demons

My favourite people are always those who are among the dreamers, romantics, hedonists, sensualists, surrealists—those with large appetites for life.  I have had the pleasure of knowing a great many of these types, from all walks of life.  Sometimes their appetites lead them astray.  They eat too much, laugh too much, smoke too much, love… Read more »

In Conversation—with Bree Taylor

Bree Taylor is a Canadian singer-songwriter of pop-inspired country tunes full of authentic feeling and deep affirmations of life and love.  The just-released video for her song “Drive” is a delightful road trip full of fun, natural beauty, and the joy of female camaraderie.  Taylor recently took the time to answer Wanda Waterman’s questions about… Read more »

Editorial—Back At It!

Switching things up a bit this week, we don’t have a student interview as our feature.  I know, right?  However, we are still featuring an interview, just this time, it’s of Canadian country-pop artist, Bree Taylor.  I’m not a country music fan in general, nor a popular music fan either.  But it’s still an interesting… Read more »

Letters to the Editor—A Plea to Megan

I beg you, Megan (the lady who wrote Dear Barb), please don’t leave your husband. I agree with Barb Godin in her recent Dear Barb column. Divorcing a husband, especially when you have children, spells trouble.  Web MD author, Sid Kirchheimer, says, “A new study shows that children of single-parent homes are more than twice… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  ServiceScape Scholarship Sponsored by:  ServiceScape Deadline:  November 30, 2019 Potential payout:  $1000 USD Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be at least 18 years old and attending, or will attend, an accredited college, university, or trade school in 2019. What’s required:  A completed online application, including a maximum 300-word essay on the topic of “how… Read more »

Vintage Voice!

Remembrance Day is just a few days away.  Each year, The Voice‘s writers find many reasons to remember. Layers of Remembrance.  Writer Bill Pollett relates how the tentacles of war reached far into his family.  “… I would listen to the sounds of overturning furniture, wild curses, dishes shattering against the wall–all the sounds of… Read more »